Monday, September 07, 2015

Yasushi Tanaka's studio 1960

Robert Short with Louise Gebhard Cann 
These images are of Yasushi Tanaka's studio in Paris circa 1960. Tanaka was a Japanese artist who lived in Paris from the early 1920's until his death in April 1941 at the age of 54.
These  photographs were given to me by Robert Short who is the young man in the images.
The older lady is Tanaka's widow Louise Gebhard Cann, an author Tanaka met in Seattle and married in 1917.
Louise Gebhard Cann with a bust of Gauguin in the backgound
The studio was situated at 70 bis, rue Notre Dame des Champs and had previously been the home of Ezra Pound; the table in the next photograph was made by him!

View from the Mezzanine showing typical Paris studio living space
Robert Short and Mrs Tanaka

I find these images fascinating, no only do they show pictures of a family member in 1960 they also show a time that has since gone. These photographs were found in Mr Short's attic stored for 30+ years in an Ilford Print box–I wonder how many digital images will be so easily rediscovered in years to come.

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